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The Faulkner Hospital. 


I. Regular meetings of the Trustees shall be held on the 
third Friday of each month, at 4 o'clock p. m., at the Hospital, 
unless some other hour or place is designated by the President. 
Special meetings may be called at any time by the President. 
The members shall be notified of all meetings by the Secretary, 
and except in cases of emergency, at least twenty-four hours 
notice shall be given. 

II. The Secretary shall notify in writing, one week in ad- 
vance, the Physicians and the members of the Visiting Commit- 
tee, of the beginning of their respective terms of service. 

Surgical and Medical Service. 

I. The Surgical service shall be under the charge of a sur- 
geon, who shall be appointed by the Trustees, and who shall 
have authority to appoint a substitute. 

II. The Medical service shall be under the charge of four 
physicians resident within the limits of the old Town of West 
Roxbury, who shall be appointed by the Trustees. Their re- 
spective terms of service shall be three consecutive months, and 
the order of service shall be arranged by the Trustees. The 
Trustees shall also appoint an Advisory Physician. 

III. The attending Physicians and Surgeons shall have the 
charge of all patients admitted to the Hospital, except as pro- 
vided in Section VIII. following. 

IV. Physicians and Surgeons during their attendance at the 
Hospital, are expected to make such visits as shall in their 
judgment be necessary, but they shall be responsible to the 
Trustees for the proper discharge of their duties, and the 
Superintendent shall report at once all cases where, in her 
opinion, patients have been neglected. 

V. Each Surgeon and Physician shall keep proper records of 
all cases under his care. Physicians attending private cases 

shall be required to fill out a brief history for the use of the 
Superintendent in making out her annual report. 

VI. Attending physicians may call in consultation the Ad- 
visory Physician, or may call on any other physician, provided 
it is done without expense to the Hospital. 

VII. The treatment of free patients and of other patients 
not otherwise provided for shall devolve upon the attending 
physicians or Surgeon, without compensation. 

VIII. Physicians within the limits of the old Town of West 
Roxbury, who are members of the Massachusetts Medical 
Society, together with the Surgeon and the Advisory Physician 
of the Hospital will be permitted to operate upon and to attend 
patients in the Hospital who pay special rates for board, and 
who have been admitted to the Hospital in the usual way. 
Regular service will take precedence of private work in the use 
of the operating room. Cases involving transfer from the 
regular attendance to the care of another physician shall be 
decided only by the Surgeon and Advisory Physician. 

IX. Any physician resident within the limits of the old Town 
of West Roxbury, who is a member of the Massachusetts Medi- 
cal Society, may bring a patient to the Hospital for operation 
and may have the use of the operating room, instruments and 
also the necessary nurses and appliances, paying for the same a 
fee, the amount of which shall be assessed by the Superinten- 
dent, and which shall in no case be less than five dollars. 
Patients may be admitted under this rule, only by the consent of 
the Superintendent, and shall not be allowed to remain in the 
Hospital after recovering from ether. In all such cases the 
Hospital assumes no responsibility. 

X. Any question arising in regard to the Surgical or the 
Medical service not covered by the above rules, shall be referred 
to the Surgeon and Advisory Physician for settlement, and if it 
is in their opinion advisable, to the Trustees for final decision. 


I. Applications for admission to the Hospital must be made 
to the Superintendent on an application blank, signed by a physi- 
cian. The physician signing the blank, will consult by tele- 
phone or otherwise, with the Hospital. The rate of board will 

be settled by the Superintendent, subject to the approval of the 
Trustees. Application blanks will be furnished on request by 
the Superintendent. 

Any applicant for the charities of the Hospital must be resi- 
dent within the limits of the old Town of West Roxbury and 
must be recommended by a physician. In doubtful cases, the 
physician applied to shall confer with the Superintendent. 

II. Patients having venereal diseases shall not be admitted 
to the Hospital. 

III. Incurable diseases shall be admitted only for reasons 
satisfactory to the Surgeon or Advisory Physician, and with the 
consent of a Trustee. Cases of contagious diseases and of 
insanity shall not be admitted. 

IV. Obstetrical cases may be received, subject to the 
approval of the Superintendent. 

V. Private patients shall be required to make weekly pay- 
ments in advance, or they shall be required to provide a satis- 
factory guarantee for the payment of all charges. Otherwise 
they shall be notified that they are liable to be discharged. 

VI. Private patients are expected to pay their physicians for 
their attendance, the Hospital being responsible only for their 
general care and nursing ; but the Hospital will provide atten- 
dance for such patients as are unable to pay more than the 
regular Hospital charges. 


I. Patients may be visited by their friends on any day be- 
tween three and four o'clock, p. m. No visitor shall remain after 
the visiting hour expires. At any other time special admission 
must be obtained from the physician in charge of the case, or, 
in his absence, from the Superintendent. The physician, or the 
Superintendent in his absence, may at anytime exclude visitors 
from any patient or may limit the time of their visit, when it 
seems advisable for the patient's welfare. No more than two 
visitors shall be allowed to visit any patient at the same time. 

II. Visitors will not be allowed to give food or drink of any 
kind to any patient, without express written permission from 
the physician attending the case. Such articles brought for any 
patient shall be left in charge of the Superintendent or nurse. 

The Superintendent of the Hospital shall be an educated and 
skillful nurse, capable of taking charge of the Hospital under 
the direction of the Trustees, and of instructing pupils in nurs- 
ing. She shall have a training in hospital work, at least equiv- 
alent to that furnished by the Hospital Training Schools. She 
shall have the whole responsibility for the conduct of the 
Hospital under the direction of the Trustees, according to such 
rules as she may find it necessary to prescribe, and as may be 
approved by the Trustees. She shall act as the Superintendent 
of the Training School and registrar of the directory of nurses, 
and shall have the appointment of the cook and of the other 
female servants, the pupil nurses and the assistant nurses, sub- 
ject to the approval of the Trustees, and the power to discharge 
them. She shall not expend any money or contract any debt 
without the authority of the Trustees. She shall keep a record 
in detail of all the money received and disbursed by her, which 
shall be open at all times to the inspection of any Trustee, and 
she shall render monthly to the Trustees a full account of all 
her receipts and expenditures. 

She shall keep an accurate account of bedding, table and 
other furniture, shall take charge of all money and other prop- 
erty, not in use, belonging to patients, and keep a record of the 
same, and shall deliver it to the patients upon their leaving the 
Hospital, taking receipts therefor. She shall, when a patient 
dies, furnish the Trustees with an inventory of all his effects, 
and the Trustees shall direct their disposal. 

The engineer shall have charge of the fires and the grounds 
and shall assist in the heavier work of the Hospital. In all in- 
side work he shall be under the direction of the Superintendent. 

All applications for the transportation of patients must be 
made to the Superintendent, and transportation shall be fur- 
nished free only to such patients as are unable to pay for the